Carcassonne – watermill

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* 17th century watermill on 1.2 hectares

* Outskirts village 10 mins Carcassonne

* Upmarket Guest House: no longer going concern

* 4 guest rooms, manager’s flat (4 bedrooms) and 2 bed gite

* 600m² out-buildings

*€530,000 – ref 104  –  under contract

Carcassonne has become a tourist hub in the past 20 years due to direct air links to the UK, Ireland and Belgium and the designation of the Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal-du-Midi as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

This watermill/château is located in a quiet wine village just a few minutes west of Carcassonne. It is a massive edifice dating back to the 17th century and comprising more than 1000m² of living surface. It is set in grounds between the village graveyard and the river, with the mill-race creating an island in the river, part of the property.

The ground floor is mostly occupied by the vast milling hall (pictures below) where the the grain was ground by huge millstones (still there): this was used as the Guest House’s main salon/library. The rest of this floor is taken up by the dining room and kitchens.

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Upstairs we find the four guest rooms, each with spacious and well-appointed bathrooms. The second floor is entirely private: a four-bedroomed apartment for the owner/manager. The entire building is centrally-heated with the top floor also air-conditioned.

Between the guest house part and the two-bedroomed gite at the eastern end of the château there is a small service apartment for a caretaker and a roomy, two-car garage. The gite is a comfortable duplex with a lot of original features and décor.

The grounds are wooded with sections of lawn and vegetable garden. A complex of old workshops covering over 500m² of surface could be renovated and converted into living quarters … or demolished.

Our opinion: in its hey-day the Guest House was turning over nearly €90k pa as its location near Carcassonne (and its airport) was a big draw. It could be easily resurrected, re-furnished and marketed to discerning travellers, with the new owners either living in the second floor quarters or in the, rather attractive, gite. The old workshops should be a priority for renovation and conversion into two more gites and a conference centre – a badly needed asset in the region.

 contact Simon Oliver about this property